Wednesday practice update …

Update from our friend Hayden Sowers while Parrish is on vacation …

Ole Miss continued bowl preparations on Wednesday morning here are a few observations I have after watching Monday and Wednesday practices:

  • WR Donte Moncrief is poised for a breakout season next year, and it wouldn’t surprise to see him set school records next year.  I’ve noticed a change in Donte’s demeanor after the LSU and Mississippi State games.  He has turned into more of a vocal leader, for example, today he repeatedly reminding the other receivers that “we are going to be the SEC’s top wide receiveing corp next year”, and couple that with the fact that he looks to have built on the last two games of the regular season look for Donte to set the bar next year for SEC wide receivers.  Today he caught an impressive 55 yard TD over Senquez Golson on a pass from Barry Brunett
  • With QB Bo Wallace out resting his shoulder, QB Maikhail Miller has gotten the 2nd team reps and color me impressed.  Miller has completely transformed his body under S&C Coach Paul Jackson, a legit 6’4” 250 lbs, and he posses the best deep ball of any QB on the roster.  In the pass skeleton drill Miller’s balls were sharp and on the money and then during team drills Miller ran through MLB Keith Lewis on a QB draw Monday to give the offense the win in the competition.  Hugh Freeze has talked in the past about how he believes Miller has a bright future at the QB position.
  • Some chippy play occurred towards the end of practice today during team drills with C Evan Swindall and DE CJ Johnson participating in some extracurricular activities after the whistle.  Johnson did not look happy and he went on to get sacks on three out of the next four plays, showing some of the great pass rushing potential that he has.  On the last play Johnson bull rushed LT Emanuel McCray and sent McCray to the ground.  Another year with DL Coach Chris Kiffin and Johnson could put up serious numbers.
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  • mantachie

    miller has shown in high school glimpses of what he can do, he threw a 5o yard pass going down in the backeld his senior year against Tupleo.Freeze put him in early I am thinking that would eliminate a red shirt and i often wondered if this was the case why he did not plan on using him more, but who can complain with what Coach did this year, Freeze is learning how to coach with the big boys now and he will keep getting better, Freeze has some humility where a certain coach from down south does not know what it means,i beleive this will be what separates the two in being good or being great.i take freeze everday over turtle!

  • I think Freeze was sending a message to Barry and Bo, and it absolutely worked. If burning a red shirt year on this kid helped push the contributors, it really wasn’t a waste. With Bo being just a sophomore this season, and 2 more seasons to go, you still have an opportunity to use a Red shirt after the QB situation had established itself a little more solidly. It’s a tough deal to manage red shirts, but I believe Freeze has a plan. He red shirted an all-SEC punter and an exceptional placekicker/kickoff man. Who does that? Only someone with a plan….in SEC football that is. Really looking forward to the bowl game! Should be a lot of fun…..extra practice is always good for the preparation for the next season…..and there’s always a next season.

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